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Many are married but few are valid

Many are married but few are valid


Do you know that if your pastor hasn’t been gazetted by the Attorney-General to officiate marriages, any marriage contracted by him is invalid? Also, do you know that if you contract your wedding at a church, beach, restaurant, hotel, garden, private home etc which hasn’t been licensed by the State, it makes the marriage also invalid?

The Registrar of Marriages at the Registrar-General’s Department, Mrs Jemima Oware has expressed worry at a growing trend where people contract marriages at unlicensed venues under the supervision of some officers of some metropolitan assemblies without a special licence issued by the Registrar of Marriages, which makes those marriages invalid.

“Kindly note this, marriages are to be contracted from Mondays to Saturdays between 8 am and 6 pm. Public Holidays and Sundays are out. The approved persons to be present are the celebrants, the gazetted minister with 2 or more witnesses as well as any other person who will be invited to attend. The venue must be licensed, ” she said.

According to her, gazetted ministers and licensed churches are required to transmit the counterfoil and duplicate Marriage certificates to the Registrar of Marriages for the district in which the marriage took place within seven days after the celebration of the marriage.

She, therefore advice that prospective couples planning to get married especially the one under the ordinance, must ensure that the venue is licensed and the officiating minister has been gazetted.

“In order to be gazetted, the officiating minister/registrar requires either a Registrar Officer’s Certificate, a Marriage Officer’s Certificate or a Special Licence. These are the only three licenses acceptable to officiate marriages, ” she noted.

So those who have already gotten married under the ordinance, is your marriage valid?

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